White Home hires Pam Bondi to do impeachment messaging
Yuri Gripas | Reuters
Former Florida Lawyer Common Pam Bondi, a longtime Trump supporter, and Tony Sayegh, a former Treasury Division spokesman, are each anticipated to hitch the White Home shortly to work particularly on impeachment associated communications, along with different particular initiatives as needed, a senior administration official informed CNBC.
Bondi and Sayegh’s jobs can be momentary, the official mentioned.
The 2 excessive profile hires signify a brand new, extra offensive posture from the White Home, which has struggled to this point to plot a cohesive technique in response to the rising Home impeachment inquiry.
Trump has to this point been immune to the thought of a particular crew of staffers who would focus solely on the impeachment, reportedly as a result of he was involved such an strategy was passé within the age of Twitter and social media.
“Here is the factor: I haven’t got groups,” Trump informed reporters on the White Home not too long ago. “Everyone seems to be speaking about groups. I am the crew. I did nothing incorrect.”
The alternatives of Bondi and Sayegh come as little shock to these in Trump’s interior circle — Bondi’s time period as lawyer normal in Florida ended earlier this yr, and within the ensuing months, her identify has come up repeatedly as a possible Trump rent, both on the Justice Division or the White Home.
Bondi made headlines throughout Trump’s presidential marketing campaign for accepting a $25,000 contribution to her political motion committee from the Donald J. Trump Basis, an obvious violation of guidelines prohibiting donations from non-profits to PACs.
The cash was donated in 2013, when the Florida Lawyer Common’s workplace was contemplating whether or not to hitch a lawsuit towards Trump’s now-defunct Trump College. The donation got here just a few days after Bondi introduced that Florida may be a part of the go well with. Bondi in the end determined the state wouldn’t participate within the lawsuit.
Sayegh is a well-known Republican communications guru, having labored on a number of excessive profile races, and most not too long ago, as essentially the most seen frontman for the GOP’s 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Trump’s huge tax reform package deal. Inside the White Home, Sayegh is taken into account an ally of Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser.
Politico not too long ago reported that Sayegh’s potential hiring had set off a turf conflict contained in the West Wing, with some factions strongly backing the selection, and others fearful it could give Kushner and his allies an excessive amount of energy over the impeachment communications technique.
— CNBC’s Eamon Javers contributed reporting.